The number of mass layoff events in April increased by 278 from March, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 25,404. In April, 327 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 35,022 initial claims; both figures increased over the month.
The national unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in April, up from 8.8 percent the prior month but down from 9.8 percent a year earlier. In April, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 244,000 over the month and by 1,313,000 from a year earlier.
Source: Bureau of Labour Statistics